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Totem Theatre Involvement

The Totem Theatre series documents extensively Baker’s involvement with the Totem Theatre company between 1951 and 1954. The series encompasses not only the administrative and promotional side of Totem Theatre, but also the production and staging side. The series includes administrative and promotional material as well as photographs and an extensive collection of newspaper clippings.

Pre-Totem Theatre Involvement

This series documents Baker’s involvement in Canadian theatre from the late 1940s until 1951, and is comprised of both photographic material and scrapbooks compiled between 1948 and 1951.

Post-Totem Theatre Involvement

This series documents Baker’s involvement with North American theatre between 1952 and the late 1970s, and includes an extensive collection of slides, photographs and newspaper clippings

The series is further divided into one sub-series on Education, which documents Baker's involvement with drama and summer theatre schools.

Personal Life

The series contains slides, photographs, negatives and home movies relating to Baker's private life in Canada and several trips abroad.

Arngrim Family

This series encompasses material relating to the family of Thor and Norma (MacMillan) Arngrim dating from the 1950s to 1980s. Thor Arngrim co-founded Totem Theatre with Stuart Baker in 1951, and married Nora MacMillan, one of Totem's actresses, in 1954. They had two children, Stefan and Alison, who became involved in acting and music.

Serials Division series

The series consists of subject files in alphabetical order: Automation projects, Departmental Libraries, Feedback forms, Government documents, Newspapers, Periodicals Reading Room, Processing Manual, and Statistics; also includes Committee files Whiffin was involved in.

University of Victoria (B.C.). McPherson Library

Preservation Services series

The series consists of subject files on Binding, Book conservation, Building concerns, Cartographic Resource Centre, Education, Microformats, Music materials, and Policies.

University of Victoria (B.C.). McPherson Library

Advisory Boards series

The series consists of files of correspondence, reports and clippings related to all investigations of the Board.

University of Victoria (B.C.). President's Office

Gordon Head Army Camp series

The series consists of site plans and architectural drawings for the Gordon Head army camp from federal, provincial, municipal and campus sources.

University of Victoria (B.C.). Facilities Management

Published materials

This series consists of records related to Lyons' activities as an author, including book-length publications, newspapers and magazine articles, and covers the period of the early 1950s until his death. Lyons typically addressed British Columbia history, botany, wildlife, parks, and other related topics in his writings. This series includes manuscripts and monographs by Lyons with extensive handwritten revisions. It also contains botanical drawings used to illustrate Lyons' field guides, as well as research notes, newspaper and magazine clippings, correspondence, dust jackets, brochures, pamphlets, reports, photographs, slides, and other textual records pertaining to Lyons' publications. This series consists of three subseries: 1) monographs; 2) field guide illustrations; and 3) newspapers and magazines.

Miscellaneous records

This series consists of correspondence and other records pertaining to aspects of Lyons life and work that are not covered in the other series of the fonds. It includes material related to Lyons professional work in the BC Forest Service, BC Parks, and BC Fish and Game, as well as Lyons' work with Toastmasters. There are also some records from Lyons' involvement with the B.C. Museum Association. This series also includes other miscellaneous personal records and some painting and drawings by Lyons. There is no discernible order to these records, but they have been loosely grouped into this series. Records include Lyons' expired passports, maps, brochures, research notes, correspondence, reports, postcards, booklets and pamphlets.

art practice

The art practice series consists of five sub-series: photographs; posters; exhibitions catalogues; correspondence; poetry and small works; and notebooks

Field notebooks

This series consists of approximately 66 coil-bound notebooks with Lyons' handwritten notes detailing his travels in British Columbia, Mexico, England, Asia, and elsewhere. Many of these notebooks appear to be related to Lyons' activities as an international tour guide for his travel company, Golden Eye Travel, especially those that mention tour members. The information recorded in these notebooks include travel notes, such as expenses, names and addresses, accomodation, food, foreign words and phrases. Lyons also used these note books to record notes on botany and wildlife, such as names and sketches of flora and fauna, especially birds. There are also some sketches of maps. Film notes, sound notes, and photograph notes also figure strongly here. Some notes are extremely detailed diary-like entries that may be the beginnings of the film scripts inspired by these trips. These notebooks have been arranged chronologically.

Scripts

This series consists of textual records Lyons used to narrate slide shows, films, and other lectures for the Audubon Society and the CBC television show Klahanie. Lyons also used scripts for other lectures, seminar talks, and speeches. The subject matter typically addresses nature and wildlife conservation and activities, especially in British Columbia, as well as international travel. This series includes drafts, revisions, and final versions of the scripts, as well as the background material and research notes used as sources. This series consists of three subseries: 1) Audubon scripts, 2) Klahanie scripts, and 3) Other scripts.

Photographic materials

This series consists of photographic prints, negatives, and slides that Lyons created throughout his lifetime in his various roles as BC Parks employee, botanist, writer, travel guide, worldwide traveller, and father. Prominent subjects in Lyons' photos include travel, scenery, wildlife, and historic sites in British Columbia. Many photos also depict botanical specimens, undoubtedly used in Lyons' field guides. The largest number photographic images come from Lyons' international travels to India, Asia, Central and South America, and elsewhere. Some of these images were published in Lyons' monographs, newspapers, and magazine articles. This series is arranged by format into two subseries: 1) prints and negatives; and 2) slides.

Audio-visual materials

This series consists of moving images and sound recordings created by Lyons, beginning in his employment with BC Parks and continuing after he left government service. As with Lyons' other material, the subject of the moving images are the BC outdoors and international travel. The sound recordings were accompaniments to Lyons' films and slide shows. They also relate to Lyons' later involvement with B.C. Parks reunions. This series is arranged by format into two subseries: 1) moving images; and 2) sound recordings.

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